Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyAny student who has lost or needs to replace their PE kits for September please get these from Keel. Students should have school branded tshirt, shorts/skort, black socks, trainers for every PE lesson. Those in year 9,10,11 may have canon lee kit as it phases out over the years. https://t.co/PyE4TdUZhk6 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyA year from now our year 10 & 11 students will be back from Morocco 🇲🇦 15 students are working relentlessly to raise their £1800 to go - please support where you can! Year 8 & 9 students watch out this year for the launch of your oversees opportunity for 2021! 👍 https://t.co/VKfeXvvPZ16 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyDay 4 Gold - FANTASTIC!! These 10 vale of york academy leavers completed their Dofe Gold assessment ! They were tip top and showed amazing resilience, motivation & enthusiasm! I am hugely proud of them and can’t wait for them to receive their awards at the palace! Now to rest 👍 https://t.co/XyZ3KmTWaX3 weeks ago
Geography is knowledge, knowledge is power, therefore, Geography is POWER!
A high-quality geography education should inspire in students, curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We ensure we equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key processes. As students progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Key Stage 3 curriculum overview
Geography is a compulsory subject in Year 7 and 8 – our aim is to grab the attention and wonder of these students! During this time, students will study a range of topics at a variety of scales covering areas of the world, some of which they have never even heard of. Pupils in Year 7 begin by looking at what Geography means and developing their map-reading skills. We do this by instilling an understanding of ‘their space’ and what is around them. Later they broaden their horizons by studying both human and physical features of extreme weather. They finish the year studying how we use and manage resources.
Year 8 starts at the coast, looking at both physical processes and human interactions. Moving forward they will study natural hazards, rivers and finish with globalisation and looking at why McDonalds is everywhere!
The AQA GCSE programme covers areas such as living with the physical environment and the challenges of the human environment. Coastal and rivers units are enhanced by fieldwork in the Peak District and Hornsea, and the urban issues and challenges unit is enhanced through fieldwork in the city of Manchester and the town of Buxton.
Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, relevant and fun. Our GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards to name but a few. The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions, which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes, which shape and change our world.
There are so many ways of learning in Geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role-play and debating techniques.
You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.
As with any Geography course, it is about using the skills we have been studying and we ensure that all year groups are taken out into the big wide world. From looking at village layouts to understanding how the coast is constantly changing, we love getting outside!
So where do we go?
Year 7 is all about understanding how we live and gaining vital geographical skills. In the summer term we take the entire Year 7 cohort to Helmsley in the North Yorkshire Moors. They are then given the opportunity to test out the theories they have learnt during the spring term…and may even get the chance to have a quick ice cream!
Year 8 is all about the processes and to see these in action we venture to the East Yorkshire coastline to experience the fastest eroding coastline in Europe.
Year 10 is preparing for paper 3 and as such we start using some serious geographical theories. We go to the beautiful Peak District where we visit Buxton to understand the tourism opportunities, or for those students who do not wish to attend the overnight fieldwork they are taken on a trip to Manchester.
Extended fieldwork trips
Every two years the Geography department likes to organise a BIG, once-in-a-lifetime trip. Last year we took a group of students to Sicily to look at the volcanoes and their way of life. The trip was amazing with five-star reviews from everyone who attended. But where to next? Iceland? Atlas Mountains? China? You decide!
Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers for people with Geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism and weather forecasting. By taking Geography to A-Level and degree level you will be very employable.
“Geography prepares for the world of work – geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable!”
Thinking of doing your DofE award! Well look no further - year 10 and 11 students will be offered bronze and silver in September and year 12 (those just leaving us who have done their silver) will be offered Gold. Don’t miss out - See Mr Rampling! #topaward#DofEpic.twitter.com/2CU1…
Any student who has lost or needs to replace their PE kits for September please get these from Keel. Students should have school branded tshirt, shorts/skort, black socks, trainers for every PE lesson. Those in year 9,10,11 may have canon lee kit as it phases out over the years. pic.twitter.com/PyE4…
Year 7 students starting in September who have paid their deposits before the summer are off to lakeside YMCA from weds 12th - Fri 14th September for their settling in residential! First week back more details to follow but check out the website 😀 #YMCAlakesideymca.co.uk
Year 8 students going in to year 9 in September. Please remember you will need to purchase the black slip over and red and black tie for September as you start KS4. Please ensure you have these over the summer from Keal teamwear! keal-teamwear.com/sc…pic.twitter.com/aErD…